Clinical investigators are increasing their use of quantitative determinations of HIV viral load in their study populations. The distributions of these measures may be highly skewed, left-censored, and with an extra spike below the detection limit of the assay. We recommend use of a mixture model in this situation, with two sets of explanatory covariates. We extend this model to incorporate multiple measures across time, and to employ shared parameters as a way of increasing model efficiency and parsimony. Data from a cohort of HIV-infected men are used to illustrate these features, and simulations are performed to assess the utility of shared parameters.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistics and Probability
- Health Information Management